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Devendra Banhart readies new album 'Mala' for March release
Devendra Banhart readies new album 'Mala' for March release

Though he's kept busy with a variety of film and art projects, Devendra Banhart hasn't put out a new studio album since 2009's "What Will We Be" -- a relative eternity for the once-prolific freak-folk prince, who recently moved from Los Angeles to New York. That's set to change March 12 with the release of Mala," Banhart's debut for Nonesuch Records following a brief stint at Reprise. (The title means "small" in Serbian, a nod to the heritage of his fiancée, Ana Kras.) Working with guitarist Noah Georgeson, the singer laid down the 14-track set at his former home here, using a vintage Tascam recorder he found in a pawn shop. ...

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